In a letter to SLED, Solicitor, Scarlett Wilson, writes that based upon a review of the investigative report into the death of Denzell Curnell he committed suicide and no criminal charges should be filed against the officer involved.


Police held a press conference Monday afternoon July 14 to discuss the solicitor's letter and circumstances around the incident.


During a news conference last month, Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen said Curnell was armed at the time of the incident and that the weapon was recovered at the scene.

Mullen would not provide specific details regarding SLED'S ongoing investigation of the shooting; however, he says he is confident that the investigation will reveal the officer involved did not discharge his weapon.

"After the Senior Commander arrived on scene, and learned of the circumstances surrounding the death, she recognized immediately the potential for community concern surrounding this incident. Therefore, she made a wise and prudent decision to contact SLED and request that they assume a lead role in the investigation," said Mullen.

Coroner Rae H. Wooten also released a statement, addressing the concerns surrounding the shooting. "Denzell Curnell did not sustain a gunshot wound to the back but, died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head. The investigation by SLED and the Coroner's Office is ongoing and until such time as it is complete, I will not make a ruling as to the "Manner" of death," said Wooten.

Consolidated dispatch said police responded to shots fired about 10:30 p.m. Friday night to the 100 block of North Romney Street.

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